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Nora Miller

COLUMBUS, Miss.—Mississippi University for Women is excited to announce that it will recognize spring graduates during its 2020 Virtual Commencement Exercise set for Saturday, May 9 at 10 a.m.

The ceremony will be broadcast from a link on the university’s homepage,, the morning of the online commencement.

Both W President Nora Miller and Student Government Association President John Jacob Miller will extend remarks.

“The Class of 2020 has overcome a major disruption to their senior year. I am pleased to recognize these graduates as they join the Long Blue Line, and I look forward to celebrating their achievements together with them in August,” said President Nora Miller.

Graduates are encouraged to share their celebratory photos through The W’s social media channels with #TheBlueForYou and #LongBlueLine hashtags. Photos and videos also may be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

During the online ceremony, awards will be announced to graduating students who exemplify the spirit of The W through their service to the campus community and through their active involvement on campus. Awards that will be announced include The W Hall of Fame, Mr. MUW, Ms. MUW, The W Spirit award and the Social Club with the highest cumulative GPA.

On Saturday, Aug. 1, May and August graduates will get the opportunity to walk in a traditional ceremony, pending the status of the public health emergency. The times and number of ceremonies will be based on the number of graduates indicating their participation. Practice will be held Friday, July 31 in Rent Auditorium, Whitfield Hall, time to be determined.

Alumna Dr. Bridget Smith Pieschel, a longtime W professor, will provide the charge to this year’s graduating class at the August ceremony. Pieschel is retiring from The W after more than 37 years of dedication and service.

Some elements of Mag Chain, a treasured campus tradition, will be woven into the ceremony. Mag Chain has taken place in some form since 1890. Tradition holds that graduates who are able to walk away with a magnolia blossom will find good fortune and romance.

Graduates who are interested in participating in the traditional ceremony, will have to sign up by July 10, 2020, and will need to visit

Academic regalia will not be a featured part of the virtual commencement ceremony in May, but will be included as part of the campus commencement exercises in August. For students who may have already rented regalia, please use the following link to indicate your preference for a refund or to leave the order in place for the August ceremony:


April 27, 2020
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